About Us

What is this site about?

NativeFamilyResearch.com is a site dedicated to demystifying the process of finding and documenting Native American ancestry. Here you will find links to resources, articles on sources and research tips as well as examples of research done by others so you can learn from what you see. This site is educational in nature. We neither solicit nor accept research work for hire. If you are looking for someone to perform specific research tasks, we can make some recommendations.



Jason Terrell is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has been doing genealogical research on Native American families, with an emphasis on Southeastern tribes, for over 25 years. He served for five years as the Vice Chairman for the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal newspaper of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and for two years as editor of Ansearchin’ News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. He is also a member of the Trail of Tears Association which is dedicated to preserving the history of the forced removal of the Cherokee and other tribes from the southeast during the 1830s.